12 Tips When Preparing For Your First Thru-Hike

12 Tips When Preparing For Your First Thru-Hike

Completing your first thru-hike is guaranteed to be a life-changing experience. You’ll meet amazing people, share unforgettable stories, and accomplish something that few people ever will. In this post, you’ll find 12 tips to help you prepare for your first thru-hike.

Hiking to Murray Hill (Peak) via Clara Burgess Trail - Palm Springs, CA

Hiking to Murray Hill (Peak) via Garstin and Clara Burgess Trails – Palm Springs, CA

The hike to Murray Hill climbs 2500ft on a 7.5-mile round trip journey with beautiful views of San Jacinto Peak, seasonal wildflowers, the occasional bighorn sheep, and views of the greater Palm Springs area. The hike begins on the Garstin Trail near the Indian Canyons Golf Resort, and then heads east to link up with the Clara Burgess Trail before reaching Murray Hill.

Hiking Araby Trail To Berns Trail Lookout - Palm Springs, CA

Hiking Araby Trail To Berns Trail Lookout – Palm Springs, CA

The hike up Araby Trail to the Berns Trail Lookout starts by passing the Bob Hope House, designed by Modernist architect John Lautner. This 5-mile out-and-back hike also treats hikers to commanding views of the San Jacinto and San Gorgonio mountain ranges. With almost 1800 ft of elevation gain, be sure to have your legs warmed up and ready to climb.

A Walk Around The Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden – Claremont, CA

A Walk Around The Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden – Claremont, CA

The Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden is located in Claremont, CA. This small garden has Joshua Trees, Torrey Pines, a Boojum Tree, and more. In this post, I’m going to highlight one of my favorite walking routes at Rancho Santa Ana, and showcase some of the “must see” sights.

A Complete Guide To The John Muir Trail

The John Muir Trail covers 211 miles through the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range in California. In this guide, I’ve put together everything you’ll need to plan your own hike, including tips on permits, gear, food, training, and logistics.

A Day Trip to Peru’s Rainbow Mountain (Vinicunca)

A day trip to Peru’s Rainbow Mountain is fast becoming one of the most popular side trips for visitors to Cusco and Machu Picchu. Is it worth the 3-hour drive from Cusco? Trail to Peak Contributor, Rhett, seems to think so.

The 10 Best Hikes In The Bay Area

The Bay Area is a genuinely unique hiking destination and a must-visit location for those who love the outdoors. In this post, you’ll find 10 great day hikes that are perfect for Bay Area visitors and locals alike.

3 Quick Hikes At Valley of Fire State Park - NV

3 Quick Hikes At Valley of Fire State Park – NV

Valley of Fire is a State Park in Nevada located 50 miles northeast of Las Vegas. The park encompasses 40,000 acres filled with red sandstone, grey and tan limestone, petrified wood, 2,000 year old petroglyphs, bighorn sheep, and more. Valley of Fire is located just off of I-15 making it the perfect short stop on road trips through the American Southwest.